Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret

Melrose Poetry Bureau's

Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret

Thu. January 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles, CA

$15.00 - $40.00

Poetry Deathmatch Cabaret is an all out extravaganza of an evening that pits improvising typewriter poets against each other in the smoky backroom of burlesque, booze, and song. In a world where prohibition is real and poetry is outlawed, these dueling poets create objects of illicit beauty on the spot to carry your favor and save their skin, all the while being stalked by a burlesque dancer. Beginning with ideas from you, the audience, performers compete in a series of increasingly herculean tasks to see who will be poet laureate of the apocalypse. The risqué, social critique, and satire live side-by-side in this speakeasy for thirsty souls. Come burn down the night with us.

Praise for our previous show, Quick Draw Poetry Cabaret:
"...high-spirited demonstration of masterful word play, ticklish nonsense and bawdy humor, which never seems to run out of pleasant surprises." - Stage Raw 


Melrose Poetry Bureau
Melrose Poetry Bureau
Melrose Poetry Bureau [MPB] creates live poetry installations on manual typewriters and offers a wealth of performance and educational opportunities including (but not limited to) spoken word performances, writing workshop residencies, and coordination of poetry slams.

MPB is the brainchild of poet/writers Nayeli Knudsen and Bobby Gordon. In 2014, Brian Sonia-Wallace, an LA native and writer extraordinaire, joined the team as a managing partner to make up what is now the core of MPB.

MPB was developed with the intention of bringing poets and the public back together. Inspired by participating in typewriter installations at UCLA, and the previous work of their mentors such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Paul Flores, and James Kass of Youth Speaks Inc ., MPB provides entertainment and facilitates a critical dialogue with their surrounding community as well.

Our signature installation project unmasks the creative process; poets craft new original works on the spot for the public in attendance. Poets meet and talk with people that approach their typewriter and use those conversations as the inspiration for new poems that are ultimately gifted to and performed for the audience member.

Partnerships have included UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Google, LA Library Foundation, LA2050, Highways, Freight and Salvage, and the L.A. Philharmonic, with longer residencies at UCLA, LA’s Natural History Museum, Chandler Center for the Arts (AZ), and Write Club LA at the Bootleg Theatre. We are thrilled to be coming home!
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057